Ex-Intel engineer revealed why Apple decided to switch away from Intel

By Manikanta Immanni
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Apple moving away from Intel-based MacBooks to their in-house chips is big. While many speculated this for reasons like Intel’s slow innovation, François Piednoël, a former employee of Intel revealed the actual reason why Apple made the big move. He described that Intel’s Skylake processors that are equipped in MacBooks between 2015 and 2017 to be the reason.

Apple’s parting from Intel is anticipated. Many rumors until Apple’s official announcement suggested that Intel’s slow pace of catching Apple’s growth and lack of innovation in recent times to be the cause of shifting away. While Apple did confirm the shift, it didn’t explicitly mention any reason for that. And here’s an ex-employee from Intel named François Piednoël, who explained why.

The Intel’s sixth-generation chips – Skylake processors are the ones to be blamed. These chips that were used for MacBooks between 2015 to 2017 have reported many bugs, igniting Apple to think of a new solution. Piednoël said, “When your customer starts finding almost as many bugs as you found yourself, you’re not leading into the right place”.

Related: Apple to equip its Self-Made chips in MacBooks from 2021

Gradually, Apple turned to be the highly complaining client of Intel regarding Skylake chips. And this when they thought of making a move, by creating an in-house chip. As Piednoël reminded, “The quality assurance in Skylake was abnormally bad.” Apple isn’t the only one disturbed by this, Microsoft too. The Windows maker has their first-generation Surface Books and Surface Pro 4 coming with the same Skylake processors, that undermined the notebook’s reliability from Microsoft.

At last, Apple seemed to have to make the shift, with a new MacBook containing Apple self-made chip realising by this year’s end. Though Apple decided to part ways Intel, it’s not doing right away. The company said the transition would take at least two years to complete, and would still use Intel chips for high-end MacBooks until then.

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